Fourteen young Irish speakers will today begin their secondary education at Gaelcholáiste Dhoire set in Dungiven’s historic’s Castle, writes Sheena Jackson.
Gaelcholáiste Dhoire is the only second such school in the North after Coláiste Feirste in Belfast. The new school was granted ministerial approval and the Board of Governors has worked with the Department of Education and the Education Authority to ensure delivery of the project.
Principal of the new Gaelcholáiste, Diarmuid Ua Bruadair, worked for 14 years as a senior teacher in Coláíste Feirste and has three other experienced teachers in his staff.
Local Governor, Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh said: “The investment into Irish-medium education and into the Dungiven area will contribute to the re-generation of the area. Dungiven has always been a place steeped in gaelic tradition and it seems fitting that it should be a centre for Irish-medium education”.
New pupils are from Dungiven, Dunloy, Portglenone and South Derry.